On 18th May each year the International Council of Museums (ICOM) organises International Museum Day. The theme changes every year and 2021’s theme is “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine.”
International Museum Day is a momentous occasion worldwide. Last year saw the participation of 37,000 cultural institutions from over 158 countries and the ICOM hope to see these numbers grow this. Museum Day highlight museums as:
“an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”
International Museum Day 2021: “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”
This year’s theme is all about how museums and cultural spaces can reimagine themselves, co-create and implement new, innovative practices that address today’s challenges. The theme fits in well with current debates by the council and international museum community on redefining museums. On the theme, ICOM writes:
“International Museum Day 2021 invites museums, their professionals and communities to create, imagine and share new practices of (co-)creation of value, new business models for cultural institutions and innovative solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present.”
Do you want to know more? Click here to explore ICOM’s suggested reading list for museum day. Reading themes include digital transformation, new business models, social relevance and sustainability, and climate action.
Local History Museums celebrates IMD
To celebrate the future of museums, the Durban Local History Museums held an event at the Mason Lincoln Special School in Umlazi on Thursday, 20th May at 11h00.
This location is particularly noteworthy in relation to themes around social challenges and inclusion. The school strives to support students with physical and intellectual disabilities with one core mission: to make a difference in the lives of learners with disabilities as well as disabled people in the community at large. The event proved to be a fun-filled day as participants learnt about, and discussed, possibilities for reimagining museums!